Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reviews SimplyMEPIS at DesktopLinux and finds it a good, solid desktop Linux distribution
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n particular, I think this new version of MEPIS makes an outstanding beginner's Linux. It's not only easy to pick up, but it provides easy access to more powerful tools as new users gain confidence in their Linux skills. The final version is due out on July 10, but I can already recommend MEPIS 6.0 today.